Plastic air pollution is a worldwide concern, with an estimated eight million tonnes getting into the marine setting yearly. By 2050, there could possibly be extra plastic within the ocean than fish.
Can we innovate our manner out of the plastic downside? The following wave of packaging pioneers thinks so, and so they’re utilizing unlikely supplies – from fungi to algae and grains – to do it.
At our third annual Local weather Sensible Meals digital occasion, operating 19-21 September, we’ll hear from pioneers within the alt plastic house as their pitch their improvements. Registration for the free-to-attend digital summit is now open.
Changing plastic with mycelia
Israeli start-up MadeRight is leveraging fungi fermentation know-how to develop extra sustainable packaging. At Local weather Sensible Meals, co-founder Rotem Cahanovitc will clarify how the start-up is upcycling industrial natural aspect streams from the meals, agriculture and biotechnology industries into biomass, which is then blended in with plastics (both fossil-based or bioplastics), for packaging manufacture.
Edible espresso cups
Bulgarian enterprise Cupffee is making espresso cups from oats and wheat. Be part of Gergana Krusteva, advertising director at Cupffee as reveals how single-use espresso cups will be substituted for ‘sustainable edibles’.
Krusteva says: Client waste, significantly single-use plastics, has escalated over the twentieth century, inflicting extreme environmental penalties equivalent to air and water air pollution, useful resource depletion, and biodiversity loss. Regardless of frequent misconceptions, paper cups aren’t sustainable alternate options as they comprise plastic linings and their manufacturing entails deforestation and substantial vitality utilization. Cupffee, nonetheless, gives an progressive and eco-friendly answer to this downside. Shaped from seven pure substances, these edible, vegan cups improve the espresso expertise whereas lowering waste. Their manufacturing course of creates zero waste, even utilizing extra materials to make stirrers. With a worldwide presence and partnerships with high espresso manufacturers, Cupffee goals to problem present assumptions, change consumption habits, and encourage customers to contribute to environmental change.
Much less plastic, extra seaweed
Notpla is a UK-based start-up making sustainable packaging from seaweed and crops. At Local weather Sensible Meals, co-founder and co-CEO Pierre Paslier will pitch the start-up’s innovation: single use with out the plastic waste. Notpla was lately within the information for its participation within the Earthshot prize. The corporate supplied takeaway containers lined with seaweed to serve up the ‘Earthshot Burger’.
Local weather Sensible Meals will run from 2pm CET to 5pm CET from 19-21 September as we ask how the meals business can assist drive a transition in direction of sustainable meals sourcing, manufacturing, and consumption.
19 September: Local weather Sensible Sourcing
Substances are a serious contributor to FMCGs’ carbon footprints, making sourcing practices essential to assembly carbon discount deadlines. However cultivation just isn’t the one consideration: world provide chains are more and more tormented by disruption and have lengthy been linked to human rights violations. How can sustainability be embedded into world provide chains?
On Day 1 of Local weather Sensible Meals, we’ll be asking how greatest to mitigate towards provide chain disruptions linked to droughts, floods or warfare; what sustainability laws means for meals majors; and whether or not regenerative agriculture can really save the day.
20 September: Local weather Sensible Manufacturing
Feeding rising populations inside planetary boundaries means producing extra, with much less. How can meals and beverage makers enhance output with fewer pure assets? From making the swap to ‘inexperienced’ vitality to implementing water saving methods and rethinking packaging design, we analyse the initiatives decarbonising manufacturing.
On Day 2 of Local weather Sensible Meals, we’ll be asking how meals majors can decarbonise their direct emissions; the place water inefficiencies are most prevalent and the way reliance will be decreased; what the long run holds for plastic-free packaging; and whether or not we should always enhance our give attention to the blue financial system for sustainable vitamin.
21 September: Local weather Sensible Consumption
Customers typically say they need ‘greener’ foods and drinks, however don’t all the time act with sustainability front-of-mind. Addressing limitations to local weather good consumption will probably be key to attaining meals system transformation. Client demand can also be a vital piece of the meals tech puzzle, with pioneers banking on us innovating our manner out of the local weather disaster. Are Europeans hungry for lab-grown meals?
On Day 3 of Local weather Sensible Meals, we’ll be asking what affect manufacturers have on discouraging meals waste within the house; how sustainability credentials can greatest stand out on the shelf; whether or not European customers are prepared for cultivated meat and precision fermentation dairy; and what the long run holds for various protein.
Be part of the dialog stay between 19-21 September by registering totally free right here.